Archive for July, 2014

Challenge returns to LOTRO

July 31, 2014

It appears update 14 brought not only Gondor to us, it also brought back the challenge of T2 and T2C instances!

The last couple of years the level of challenge in instances has been reduced, time and time again. It started with RoR, and went completely overboard in HD. This, along with other factors such as the Trait trees, and Turbines decision to not make any traditional instanced group content drove away many people from the game. But with update 14 something happened.

Our tactical mitigation contribution from Vitality had already been removed in an earlier update, but given the difficulty of T2 and T2C stuff, this was probably not something many thought of. And then comes update 14, which has increased the difficulty in instanced group content significantly.

While T1 is still pretty easy, T2 and T2C content has been ramped up so much, that there’s been several topics created around it on the official forums.

This one claims NCF T2 must be bugged and here’s another one claiming that the scaling of raids is ridiculous
And here’s another one claiming inbalance

But there’s not just complints, as even in these threads, people are not only saying that despite the increased difficulty these instances can be completed by a good group, they’re actually showing it. In fact, there’s a thread created for just that purpose! I can’t even remember the last time there was one of those threads on the official forums.

 

There has also been several threads created just to thank Turbine for giving us the challenge back in instances.
Like this one, and this one.

I haven’t had much time to do instances myself since U14, and the ones I have done have been T1’s, but I can’t wait to try out some of the old instances again with the difficulty ramped up. It was so long ago since Lotro had a real challenge, so I will probably suck pretty badly until I get into it again. Just imagine, you might actually have instances where you need stat food, potions, scrolls and hope tokens. Where you actually have to pay attention to interupts and corruptions. Where you might actually wipe your group if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing.

After Helms Deep I only levelled up 2 out of my 10 chars at 85 to 95, it just felt like there was absolutely no reason whatsoever to level the rest. Now, I have started to level my alts again, because I just can’t wait to get my hands on these “new” challenges.

Let’s just hope that Turbine doesn’t listen to the few complainers (that probably should stay with the T1 instances) and nerf everything back in to oblivion before I get my chars capped and geared.

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5½ Years of screenshots

July 13, 2014

So thanks to CSTM’s facebook page, I found this, a collection of screenshots from Lotro, all the way back from early beta.

I started playing Lotro in January 2009, and has since then managed to snap almost 1000 screenshots. I recently went through all my old computers/harddrives, to make sure none of my old screenshots would get lost.

So why not share a bunch of them?

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2009-11-20 – The very first screenshot I found, may very well have been the first I took. My hunter posing in Evendim

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2009-11-22 – Oh, that old place! Probably the first time I ventured in there

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2009-12-12 – Planning raids and smoking pipes in the Kinhsip house

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2010-01-06 – My captain has found his look-a-like!

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2010-01-17 – All dressed up and nowhere to go!

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2010-09-12 – DN, low resolution and lots on the screen.

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2010-11-02 – Crowded auctioneer in 21st hall

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010-12-05 – School, or is it Library? Never could keep those two apart

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2010-12-05 – The Kinship ventures in to BG (yes we wiped)

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2010-12-07 – Looking pretty alive and kicking to me…

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2011-01-13 – The old character panel

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2011-01-25 – Wait, what?

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2011-03-06 – Statue posing in Evendim

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2011-05-07 – Bug reporting. That map skill doesn’t know where to send me

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2011-06-08 – The good old “Tap em’ on the skull” skill

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2011-09-10 – Warden posing in Evendim

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2011-11-06 – Draigoch downed by the Kinship!

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2012-02-14 – Hobbit on top of the world!

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2012-02-20 – Saruman down!

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2012-04-21 – My Reaver gets R8!

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2012-05-06 – Draigoch 7-manned by the Kinship

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2012-06-29 – Soo, any cappy available?

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2010-07-09 – Saruman (T1) 6-manned by the Kinship. Video HERE

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2012-07-26 – Nice even numbers on my kills there

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2012-09-10 – BEHIND YOU!!!

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2012-09-18 – Yeah…

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2012-10-21 – You simply cannot have too much Tactical Mitigation… Or perhaps that’s just a tad too much…

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2012-11-24 – /Played time @ lvl 75…

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2012-11-24 – …and @ lvl 85. Got to love them tasks!

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2012-12-06 – Yeah… Wouldn’t want to stand out would we?

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2012-12-07 – 1 Infamy away…

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2013-02-18 – Beta testing the Erebor instance cluster

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2013-02-22 – He was indeed… (Guardian levelling)

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2012-02-25 – More Erebor beta testing

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2013-03-15 – Tanking Battle for Erebor on my Warden

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2013-04-01 – My Reaver takes an involuntary flight through Ettenmoors

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2013-04-06 – I may have to repair before our next try…

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2013-05-11 – Archet, with minimal housing. Ended up here after falling through the map.

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2013-05-18 – Bear, bunny, horse, man

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2013-05-19 – Getting a bit rude after going through the epic on all my alts (hint:chatbox)

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2013-06-08 – Rank 9 and 12k kills!

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2013-06-17 – BfE T2C attempt

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2013-06-20 – Not all creeps are evil!

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2013-09-05 – Memorial walk for Odesius #1

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2013-09-05 – #2

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2013-09-07 – Beta testing Helms Deep #1

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2013-09-07 – #2, nice map 😛

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2013-09-07 – #3, Hels Deep itself

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2013-09-08 – #4, The World builders never disappoint!

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2013-09-08 – #5

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2013-09-30 – Meanwhile back on Live, the floors seem to be missing…

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2013-10-06 – And also walls…

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2013-11-02 – Defiler raid (and one Black-Arrow)

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2013-11-03 – Grodris duo

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2013-12-07 – Big Battles / Epic Battles / The Battle for Helms Deep

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2013-12-23 – No, that would never work…

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2014-01-01 – A new year begins in Ettenmoors!

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2014-01-18 – Rank 12, bunny-ears time!